‘Hit the Light’ is the first album from London-based duo Ten Fé, boasting a kaleidoscope of styles that pull together to form a well-rounded mix of electronica, Americana, and soulful melodies. It’s a strong start for the distinctive singer/songwriters Ben Moorehouse and Leo Duncan who gradually refined their undeniable style by spending the last four years in Berlin with Ewan Pearson, famed for his work with Jagwar Ma and M83.
This analogue-meets-digital LP is characterised by the its theme of coming from the darkness to the light, perhaps reflective of the bands own graduation from busking in the Underground to bedrooms in Birmingham and eventually to Europe. With a name that means ‘have faith’ the duo has created a piece of work that goes through the motions, from stomp-along angst-fuelled tracks such as ‘Twist Your Arm’ to the dreamy harmonisation of ‘Another Way’. Highly- acclaimed singles such as ‘Elodie’ and ‘Turn’ help to round-off the whimsical yet energising spirit of the album.
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The lead single ‘Twist Your Arm’ makes use of slide guitars, chain-gang backing vocals, gospel piano – and Pearson took it in a Weatherall / Primal Scream / Screamadelica direction,’ much to the bands approval, according to Duncan. The idea of moulding together the old and new technology carries on throughout, creating effervescent dance-along tracks such as ‘Overflow’ which opens the LP. Then there’s ‘Don’t Forget’ which sounds like a progression through technological exploration, slower in pace but filled with soul and tormented guitar solos.
The final track is the comparatively stripped-back and dreamy ‘July Rain’ which combines acoustic guitars with gentle synths. The introspective vocals bringing this eclectic collection of indie anthems to tender finish.
‘Hit the Light’ is a fluid, independent piece of art in which each sound is carefully curated to blend seamlessly. Fusing together the aforementioned contemporary electronica and analogue technology, they create something that feels fresh yet comfortable for any indie music fan. Having hit over 6 million Spotify streams for a handful of singles earlier this year and with a 21-date UK and European tour scheduled, and confirmed for Bonnaroo in the USA, it seems like things can only get better for this soulful duo.
The full track-listing for the LP is …
Twist Your Arm
In The Air
Make Me Better